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Las Vegas Marathon Shifts Time To Become World's Largest Night Race

Las Vegas Marathon will become largest night race in the world
Competitor Group yesterday revealed its Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon will shift from a morning to evening start this year, and company President Scott Dickey said it will become the "largest night race in the world," according to Patrick Everson of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The marathon and half-marathon, scheduled for Dec. 4 this year, traditionally started at 6:00am PT. But this year, the half-marathon is tentatively set for a 5:30pm start, "again almost entirely on Las Vegas Boulevard." The marathon "will cover the same course as in 2010, too, but has a planned" 4:00pm start. Dickey said, "The last 18 months, we've been talking about it pretty consistently with our casino, hotel, city and county partners to see how we could pull it off logistically." Everson notes Competitor Group "got a big assist" from Las Vegas Events and the National Finals Rodeo. The parties reached a deal for Sunday's NFR performance to move to 1:00pm, "meaning rodeo fans and cowboys should all be back to their hotels by the time the races really take over the Strip." The race drew "approximately 28,000 runners in 2009 and 2010, and everyone involved expects the night race to provide a huge boost, perhaps even reaching 35,000" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/9).
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